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  • Iraqi troops reach Tigris River, but more challenges ahead in battle for Mosul

    Iraqi troops reach Tigris River, but more challenges ahead in battle for Mosul

    Iraqi forces this week reached a bridge over the Tigris River that bisects the city of Mosul, gaining a strategic advantage over Islamic State militants whom commanders described as increasingly desperate. “I saw many ISIL run away,” said Maj. Gen. Najim Jabouri, Iraqi army commander for the Mosul...

  • Death of former Iranian leader Rafsanjani could be blow to moderates

    Death of former Iranian leader Rafsanjani could be blow to moderates

    The death of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has silenced one of the most powerful  allies of moderates in Tehran and is likely to strengthen the hand of conservatives heading into this year's presidential election. Rafsanjani, who supported social freedoms and outreach to...

  • Netanyahu blames Islamic State inspiration for truck rampage that kills 4 Israeli soldiers

    Netanyahu blames Islamic State inspiration for truck rampage that kills 4 Israeli soldiers

    A Palestinian truck driver plowed into a group of Israeli soldiers at a Jerusalem tourist promenade Sunday afternoon, killing four and injuring 13, in an attack that Israel attributed to the influence of Islamic State. The driver was identified as Fadi Qunbar, 28, a resident of a nearby East Jerusalem...

  • Russia begins to draw down its forces in Syria

    Russia begins to draw down its forces in Syria

    After more than a year of conducting airstrikes that helped prevent a collapse of the Syrian government, Russia has started to reduce its forces there, a senior Russian military commander announced. The drawdown will start with the departure of the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and...

  • Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan tied to corruption inquiry of Israel's prime minister

    Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan tied to corruption inquiry of Israel's prime minister

    Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, long connected to Israel’s political elite, has emerged as among the wealthy individuals whose gift-giving to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under review as part of a corruption investigation. The prime minister is under criminal investigation on...

  • Libyans hijack flight to Malta, then release all passengers and surrender

    Libyans hijack flight to Malta, then release all passengers and surrender

    Hijackers who claimed to be armed with grenades took control of a domestic flight in Libya on Friday, threatening to blow up the plane and forcing the pilot to land in Malta with 118 people aboard, officials said.  The passengers and crew were eventually released and the hijackers surrendered peacefully,...

  • A bittersweet Aleppo story: 'Sir, do you know where I can find my mother?'

    A bittersweet Aleppo story: 'Sir, do you know where I can find my mother?'

    Mustafa Sello strode up to the soldiers loitering by the green buses near southern Aleppo’s Ramousseh crossing, where they waited to evacuate the last residents out of the city’s eastern districts. “Please, sir, do you know where I can find my mother? An officer told me she would be here,” Sello...

  • Israel's high court delays demolition of West Bank outpost

    Israel's high court delays demolition of West Bank outpost

    Israel’s high court gave the government a 45-day extension Thursday to evacuate a Jewish outpost in the West Bank after settlers there pledged to leave peacefully. The decision came days before a Dec. 25 deadline to demolish Amona, which the court ruled two years ago was built illegally on privately...

  • Aleppo is back under government control, Syrian army says

    Aleppo is back under government control, Syrian army says

    After so much suffering, Aleppo is officially back under Syrian government control. Syrian state TV announced Thursday that the evacuation of the city’s formerly rebel-controlled areas was complete, with the departure of the last opposition fighters and civilians from former strongholds in Aleppo’s...

  • Car bombs explode at a suburban Mosul market, killing 15 civilians and 8 police officers

    Car bombs explode at a suburban Mosul market, killing 15 civilians and 8 police officers

    Multiple car bombs tore through an east Mosul suburb Thursday morning, killing 15 civilians and eight police officers, Iraqi officials said. The victims were at a market and a police garage in the town of Gogjali, which Iraqi forces seized from Islamic State militants in early November as part...

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